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Vitamin D
Osteomalacia is the general term for the softening of the bones due to defective bone mineralization. Osteomalacia in children is known as rickets, and because of this, the name osteomalacia is often restricted to the milder, adult form of the disease. Vitamin D may be absorbed from food or may be produced by the skin when the skin is exposed to sunlight.

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